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Why do native speakers say 'Come on in' rather than 'Come in'?

Today I passed by a restaurant and got attracted to its menu sticking on the window, so I stopped and had a look at it. Then a staff standing at the gate said to me,'We have nice food. Come on in!' I ...
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How do I invite a friend “on my expense”?

I ask my friend to come over to my place and I want him to eat pizza on my expense. Is it correct to say like this: Come over to my place bro! I will eat you a pizza. or Come over to my home ...
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Can we say “Yes, I would” if someone asks “Would you mind buying me a drink?”

Here is in the textbook. If someone says Would you mind buying me a drink? to you, then you should answer: — Not at all (Yes, I can buy you a drink) — I’m sorry I can’t (No, I can't buy you a ...
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“I didn't know” or “I haven't known”?

Suppose that in a conversation, our conversational partner just said something completely new to us, and we want to express that we didn't know (or haven't known) about it before. For example, A: ...
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How to decline a help offer politely

I was just wondering how can I decline a help offer politely from someone whom especially I don't know very well. For example, I am moving in a new house and a neighbor sees me carrying boxes and ...
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Did you get married before

One of my colleague is single. I want to know does he have any "marriage" experience. Should I say: Did you get married before? or Have you been married before?
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How to talk about the act of pressing the cancel button once the conversation on mobile is over?

At the end of the talk, people press cancel button to cut the call. What is that act called? If it were a land line phone, we could have said: She has put the phone down (?) Scene: My child was ...
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“you know” in conversational language

I noted that in conversational language and slang, English native speakers often use "you know". Should this phrase be understood as a question "do you understand what I'm trying to say?" or as an ...
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Asking “Who is this?” on the telephone

A telephone call might start like this *ring* *ring* Alice: Hello, who is this? Bob: Hey, Bob here. Is this Alice? Alice: Yes, indeed. Now in school I learned to use this for objects in my ...
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How to answer “What would you like to drink?” in this case

If I visit a friend, and he/she asks me a question like this: My friend: What would you like to drink? Me: I’ll have an orange juice, please. I understand we use “I’ll” (“I will”) when we ...
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What's the meaning of "it's kind/nice of you?

My teacher had told me that "it's kind/nice of you" is an expression of praising but I have heard this phrase from others as an expression of thankfulness.Which one is correct?
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I have never been here or I have never been there, which is more natural?

A friend of mine invited me to visit her. She was afraid that I would get lost, so she said she would be waiting for me at the bus station. When we finally met at the bus station, I said, "Sorry ...
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Saying “I feel you” in a conversation

As I've heard many people say "I feel you" without sexual connotation. But I am a bit uncomfortable to say that. When do you often use it? Do native speakers commonly use it?
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Is there a way to refer to a person (using a pronoun) without mentioning a sex? [duplicate]

I just found myself in situation that I am telling about someone who added to me in Skype: because of the nickname I think that it is a girl and used all the time the word «she». But as she didn't say ...
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Is there any difference to say on the phone “ this is John” or “ It's John”

Suppose I phoned my friend's house or a firm where people dont know me . Is there any difference to say on the phone "Hi, this is John " or "Hi, It's John" in terms of politeness or formality? or ...
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How should I reply to “take care”?

What should I reply with when someone ends conversation with "take care" in online chats or in-person?
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Should I say “I don't know” or “That I don't know”?

When someone asks a question, is the reply, "That I don't know" correct? Or is the simpler "I don't know" a more correct or proper response?
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How to say that my English isn't very good?

A: My English is poor. B: My English is not good. C: I am not good at English. D: My English is bad. Which one is more appropriate to use in conversation?
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What are the alternatives for “I was going to ask you”?

What are the alternatives (but not too formal or unnecessary polite) to "I was going to ask you" phrase to start conversation with the question?
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Is it alright to say good afternoon Sirs and Madams in a panel interview?

I will be attending a panel interview (with two men and two women). I don't know their names. I want to be more polite, but I am not sure whether it is alright to say Good afternoon, sirs and ...
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Is this natural English: How was it yesterday?

People say: how was your weekend? But do they say: how was it yesterday? Is this the natural way of asking about how their yesterday went?
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Sorry, I didn't recognize “you”, or “your voice”?

Someone calls you on the phone, but you don't know who they are. The conversation goes like: Caller: "GIBBERISH... GIBBERISH... GIBBERISH..." You: "Um.. Who am I speaking with, please?" Caller: "...
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“Let's talk math/geography…” meaning

I was reading this article (linked below the sentence) when I came across this: First, let’s talk geography. -- Smithsonian Magazine I could get what it means but the grammar behind it is ...
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Which is the best way to start the conversation when we are calling a telephone number back?

I had a missed call from an unknown number. I want to call them back. Which is the best way to start the conversation? The caller may be an interviewer. I just noticed I have a missed call […]. ...
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Is there anything wrong with this 'Is there anything wrong'?

Here is a dialog from a post on an English learning blog. M: Do we need to get together to plan our seminar? W: Is there anything wrong with right now? Is there anything wrong with the dialog? ...
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How do I decide between the prepositions “in” and “on”?

I'm wondering about and still confused over when to use on and in, for example like the sentence below: "I like to sunbathe in the sun." In my study I figured out that when using in you the thing ...
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What does “tip a cow” mean?

I was watching "The Big Bang theory" S7 E9. And I couldn't understand the meaning of "tip a cow". Please also explain the remaining conversation too. I am an Asian and not good at ...
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what do you intend to do after graduation

If I want to know what career/occupation/job a student intends to have, how should I phrase the question idiomatically? Do native speakers say these? What do you intend to do after graduation? What ...
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What does “ under what name” mean in this context?

I was in a foreign country wanting to head to the airport, so I called the taxi company using the hostel's phone and asked them if they could send a taxi.The lady who answered the phone asked for my ...
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What does she exactly say?

Man: Oh, God! Did you....um...Did you set the alarm before we left? Woman: Yes, the last thing I did! Man: No, I was the last one to leave. I was the last one to leave and I'm sure I didn'...
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Maybe it's your friend outside [duplicate]

Somebody is knocking on the door. Which one should I say to my brother: Maybe it's your friend outside? Maybe that's your friend outside?
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Fear of talking with native English speakers - how to overcome it [closed]

I'm Japanese and I can speak English decently well. When I talk with non native speakers, my grammar is 95% accurate I would say, but when it comes to talking with the native speakers, I don't know ...
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Give me a call when available

What is the appropriate (polite) way to ask someone to call me? Could I say: Please give me a phone call when available. or Please contact me when you have a chance.
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I'm fluent in English, but I can't understand names of people and places

Ok, this is a tough one to put into words, so bear with me for a moment please. It is actually the first time I'm writing this down, and it is very difficult to explain. Long story short, I've been ...
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Few perfume questions

Imagine a following situation. Mike and Natalie share same preferences in perfume. They both like sweet, clean and soft aroma/scent. Two other people - Kate and Jane - are talking about ...
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When starting a Skype conversation, what do people usually say at the very beginning? [closed]

So, I've contacted to my companion through Skype. What do people usually say first in this situation? "How are you"? or giving a name first and then "How are you"? Or are those two phrases are ...
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“How much time” versus “how long”

Scenario: You're calling the taxi to come pick you up. The taxi driver says he can come pick you up soon. You: How long will it take you to get here? Taxi driver: It'll take me about about 20 ...
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During colloquial conversation, what is the difference between calling people first name and last name?

During colloquial conversation, what is the difference between calling one first name or last name? I assume one if colloquial and one is more formal but not sure. Thank you very much!
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“I haven't heard” or “I didn't hear” while asking to repeat something

I wonder how I should reply if someone said something to me, and I haven't made out some words. I fluctuate between these two options: I'm sorry. I haven't heard what you've just said. I'm sorry. I ...
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Can I reply “I am good” to imply “ no, thanks” when the context is not about eating or drinking?

Today someone offered me to join them for a card game, but I was heading out for something. I turned and said "I am good, thanks" and left them because I was in such a hurry that I had to leave ...
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How to use “to go” when I ask in a restaurant?

When I want to take the food out of a restaurant so that I can eat it at home ( not in the restaurant), how can I ask this to a waitress? I heard people ask me " for here or to go ?" a lot, so I ...
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Where do you work?

I was visiting UK, and somebody asked me, "Where do you ....?", which I couldn't understand. The last word sounded like 'biased'? 'baist'? 'by at'? 'by ast'? something like that... And, he noticed ...
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You're at a restaurant waiting for a table. People leave a table, now can you say “a table just became free”?

You're at a restaurant waiting for a table. People leave a table, now can you say "a table just became free"? or "a table just became available"? or something else? What's the most common/natural way ...
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Using Present Perfect with the exact time during speech

I've noticed that sometimes during the conversation I use the PP first and then I want to add an additional information on the exact time, e.g. Yeah, I've already told you about that (pause)... ...
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Reply to “I'm going to the dentist”

Would it be appropriate to reply to someone saying "I'm going to the dentist" with "Good Luck"? I think it's slightly odd... What would be a natural reply for that? Thanks in advance. :)
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“Excuse me, which is the way to the post office?” “Sorry, I'm new here. Bad luck”. Is this conversation weird?

The question below is from my English exercise book. Select the most suitable response to fill in the blank. "Excuse me, which is the way to the post office?" "Sorry, I'm new here. _______" ...
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“No way!” and “As if!” are the same?

Are you seeing anyone? 1: No way! 2: As if! Did you read my diaries? 3: No way! 4: As if! Do all of the answers sounds natural? If not, which ones are natural and/or weird and what is the ...
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Formal conversation starting

Suppose I met someone to discuss some business topics, so the conversation is going to be quite formal. My companion started it with saying "How are you?". Is that acceptable to say "I'm great, hope ...
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How to understand a expression of “ why don't you~”

I've learned that this expression is more like to persuade someone than asking the reasons I want to make sure of what i'm thinking When i say Why don't you take that class? Is more like ...
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Does “That {thing / one} I don't know” sound natural?

I know that some people use this when they want to say that they have no idea about that particular thing. But the thing is that, in my case none of them are native English speakers. So I thought it's ...